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Cheryl L. Burbach





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Cheryl currently co-manages the firm's Trademark & Copyright Practice. Her extensive experience assisting clients with securing and protecting IP assets spans the globe. She has worked with companies in a vast array of industries, including software, pharmaceuticals, electronics, entertainment, fashion, pet products, financial services, and education.

For more than 20 years, her practice has involved widely varied aspects of intellectual property and related corporate business transactions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international trademark searches, registration procedures, enforcement, counseling, and litigation. She specializes in trademark, copyright, domain name, trade dress, and related areas of internet, e-commerce, unfair competition, customs, and advertising law, as well as intellectual property administrative litigation proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings before ICANN, and federal civil litigation.

Her practice also encompasses intellectual property licensing, trade secrets, establishing corporate intellectual property programs, conducting corporate audits, and domestic and international due diligence investigations. She works with IP firms worldwide in protecting and enforcing her clients' IP rights.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has been a frequent speaker and presented on various trademark and copyright topics. She has actively participated in professional organizations, including serving on committees of the International Trademark Association, as well serving on the Board and chairing committees of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms.

Areas Of Practice

  • Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Litigation
  • Copyrights

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediation, The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, University of MO , 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1999
  • Kansas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1999


  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
  • Washburn University
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1993
    • Major: English and Political Science


  • Speaker, "A Summary of the Trademark Modernization Act and Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020”, Kansas Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Institute, May 2021
  • "Trademarks and Patents: Where to Start”, Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 2017
  • "Trademark Session Global Trademark Update”, Association of Intellectual Property Firms Annual Meeting, September 2017
  • "2017 Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rule Changes", Assn of Intellectual Property Firms, 2017 to 2017
  • "Top 20 TTAB Rules in 20 Minutes", Lawyers' Assn of Kansas City, 2017 to 2017
  • Speaker "Beyond the Science: Overlooked IP for Life Sciences", Global Entrepreneurship Week with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, November 2015
  • Speaker "Essentials of Intellectual Property Law”, Missouri Bar Association, July 2015
  • Speaker “Effective Office Action Responses & Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings”, Association of Intellectual Property Firms, July 2015
  • Speaker “2x4s Are for Houses, 5x10s Are for Lawyers! – Basics of 5 Areas in 10 Minutes Each (DUI, Family Law, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property and Personal Injury)”, June 2015
  • Speaker "Emerging IP Issues", Missouri Bar Association, January 2012
  • Speaker "Fair Use or Foul Play? Keeping your social media campaign on the right side of intellectual property law", Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, March 2011
  • Speaker "Welcome to the Wild, Wild Web: Protecting Your Brand from Online Rustlers", Kansas Bar Association, April 2011
  • Speaker, “Protect and Serve: Navigating Trademarks for Your Clients”, Kansas Bar, January 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: Women Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Top 250 Women in IP, as acknowledged by Managing Intellectual Property
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Law, Trademark Law - 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Generic Top-Level Domain Subcommittee of the Internet Committee, 2010 to 2014
  • Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Vice Chair, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee, 2010 to 2012
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA), Member, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association (MoBar)
  • Missouri Bar Association (MoBar), Member, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • Kansas Women's Business Center
  • Johnson County Bar Association, 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Shughart Thomson & Kilroy P.C., Member, 2000 to 2003
  • Litman McMahon & Brown, Associate, 1999 to 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, 2005 to Present


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